The Last Days of Socrates Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was Xenophon?

2. Socrates was, supposedly, inspired by which of the Athenian deities?

3. Which of the four dialogues is "The Apology"?

4. How many groups of information are in the book's introductory material?

5. Socrates claimed that he was questioning Euthyphro for what reason?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who are Apollo and Artemis?

2. Why is Euthyphro at the courthouse when Socrates is there?

3. Why did Socrates initially pursue his habit of questioning people?

4. What happened with Socrates' friend at the Oracle of Delphi?

5. What does Tarrant say in the introductory notes about other versions of these dialogues?

6. Who are some of the authors, mentioned in Book 3, Chapter 1, who wrote about Socrates?

7. How did Socrates respond to people who commented on his great wisdom?

8. What is "epistemology"?

9. What evidence is presented to support the prosecution of Socrates?

10. How educated was Socrates, and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the various theories presented regarding the topic of justice. What is it? How is it achieved? How does one tell what is just? What are the necessary conditions for one to be able to do what is just? Do you agree that Socrates did what was just when he accepted his punishment? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

When accused of blasphemy, Socrates insists that he was questioning the interpretation of the answer given to Chearephon by the Oracle of Delphi. What question did Chearephon ask? What answer was given to him by the Oracle? Why did Socrates find this response so difficult to believe? Do you think he was being truthful with his story about thinking the interpretation was incorrect? Why or why not? If not, what was his real reason for questioning the gods? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Dreams figure prominently in the dialogues. What events took place in conjunction with dreams? What did Socrates do as a result of dreams that he had? Do you think that everyone in Athenian culture relied on their dreams as heavily as Socrates? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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